What is PISA?

PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their science, reading and maths knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges.

World map

PISA 2015 participants

72
Countries
540 000
Students worldwide
14 530
Australian students
758
Australian schools

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Australia versus the world

Number of countries/economies

legend for Science, Reading and Maths perfomanceSignificantly higher than Australia
legend for Science, Reading and Maths perfomanceAt a similar level to Australia
legend for Science, Reading and Maths perfomanceSignificantly lower than Australia*

* While 72 countries participated in PISA 2015, Australia’s performance has only been compared with those countries that achieved a mean score that was higher than the lowest performing OECD country (Mexico).

Students achieving national proficient standard

Level 3 or above

Australian achievement gaps in equivalent years of schooling

Science
Reading
Maths
by state/territory
Highest performing state/territory
1.5 years
1.5 years
1 year
Lowest performing state/territory
by gender
No difference between boys and girls
Girls 1 year ahead of boys
No difference between boys and girls
by wealth
Highest socioeconomic quartile
3 years
3 years
3 years
Lowest socioeconomic quartile
by Indigenous status
Non-Indigenous students
2.5 years
2.5 years
2.3 years
Indigenous students